NEW YORK - Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.
Soda and other sweetened drinks are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, on average. Alcoholic beverages account for about 5 percent, the new study found.
"We've been focusing on sugar-sweetened beverages. This is something new," said Cynthia Ogden, one of the study's authors. She's an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released its findings today.
The study found:
- On any given day, about one-third of men and one-fifth of women consumed calories from beer, wine or liquor.
- Averaged out to all adults, the average guy drinks 150 calories from alcohol each day, or the equivalent of a can of Budweiser.
- The average woman drinks about 50 calories, or roughly half a glass of wine.
- Men drink mostly beer. For women, there was no clear favorite among alcoholic beverages.
- There was no racial or ethnic difference in average calories consumed from alcoholic beverages.